just wearing a jersey was enough for mitchell. but what he didn't know, what no one knew at the time, was that the coach planned to play him at the end no matter what the score. you're prepared to lose that game? >> for his moment, yes. for his moment in time, yes. >> reporter: and so with a minute and a half left, coronado leading but only by 10, coach morales put in his manager. >> and just started hearing "mitchell, mitchel!" >> mitchell, mitchell! >> reporter: but here's where the fairy tale fell apart. although his teammates did everything they could to get mitchell a basket, each time they passed him the ball, he either missed the shot or, like on their last possession, booted it out of bounds, turning the ball over to the other team with just seconds left. >> he wasn't going to be able to score, but i was hoping that he was happy that he was just put in the game. >> reporter: did you ever imagine what would happen next? >> i could not. not at all. >> reporter: what happened next happened on the inbounds.